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Old Comic Book Ads Parody (Browns album)

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By Huwman   |   
Published: February 9, 2016
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Here are some parodies of old comic book ads I did for the back of the Browns album. PLEASE NOTE: I did NOT draw many of these graphics but they are, to the best of my knowledge, in the public domain. This was a lot of fun to create. My drawing for the front of the album is here:   huwman.deviantart.com/art/Albu…

It's a great album! Order a copy here: www.facebook.com/dreamingofthe…
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Christine-EProfessional Digital Artist
I absolutely love this one! Headbang! 
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Thanks so much. It was a lot of fun writing so many dumb jokes. Haha.
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CapnDeek373Professional General Artist
I could use some miniature wigs and fake lard.
Enclosed, please find my $.54
and $14.95 & my firstborn fro shipping and handling.
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Haha. I remember getting fooled on the "Sea Monkeys". Friggin' dehydrated brine shrimp. Live and learn, eh?
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At least they actually worked!
My roommate in college used to buy live sea monkeys to feed to his fish.
(He had a 200 gallon tank with around 120 fish in it.)
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Wow! Yeah, they did actually come to life once hydrated. The X-Ray Specs were a complete fake though (of course) ... much to the disappointment of every teenage boy!
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CapnDeek373Professional General Artist
The guy that made the improvements to to original x-ray specs invented the amazing sea monkeys!
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LevonHackensawHobbyist General Artist
100% great. With the x-ray glasses, inflatable life-like woman and the $7.98 gun, I would be set for life. 
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Thanks a lot! I actually ordered the "Sea Monkeys" and received a packet of brine shrimp, plus a valuable life lesson. Haha.
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Awesome!
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Thanks, man!
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This made me smile ten times over.  I grew up reading old comics I'd by for a quarter at flea markets, and I have a love of the old silver age comic ads.  It was a curiosity akin to a historian's.  I would look at the ad for 'Giant 6-foot Monster', only one dollar, and think "What was that giant 6-foot monster like?  How could it be only a dollar?  Was it worth it, in 1967, to part with a dollar for said monster?  Was the whole thing a scam?  Did anyone every receive their giant monster?"  So many questions.
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The "6 foot monster" was simply printed on a long strip of cheap paper; the "submarines" were essentially cardboard boxes, and so on. The "X-Ray Specs" didn't work at all, of course, much to the chagrin of every pubescent male. I actually ordered the "Sea Monkeys" ... you know, the cute, smiling little creatures wearing crowns and waving their hands in the pictures? A few weeks later a bag of dehydrated brine shrimp eggs arrived. Sigh. Still, the deceit and crushing disappointment did help prepare us for adult life, work, and marriage, so it wasn't a total waste.
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Yeah, that's what I thought.  Still, the concept is so ingenious: bilking kids of their hard-won nickels.

Nowadays, in this day of internet hilarity, I'm amazed by how legitimate (and easy) the free incentive offers with kids' products are.  Like, my kids will sometimes get a box of cereal, and it'll say 'free shirt!' on it.  Back in my day, that would have involved saving ten proofs of purchase, mailing away, maybe paying the shipping costs, and you still might not get anything.   Now?  I go online for three minutes, fill out the digital form, and they bloody well send the shirt within the week.  It's insane.  And it's a legitimate shirt!  Nicely done and everything.  We have obtained from cereal boxes and the like multiple shirts, multiple winter hats, beach towels, and coupons for free toys up to fifteen bucks in value (no strings attached!) from the mail-in offers.  These kids don't know how good they've got it now!
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Pampered little bourgeois darlings! :)
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Thanks so much.
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DocRedfieldProfessional Traditional Artist
Choking hazard on the 'Practice Testicles' is a nice... touch.
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I'm so embarrassed. :)
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that's awesome, and I could stop an enraged gorilla using only my mind. Nothing but my mind and a gun, a large gun. Great work. 
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Haha. I'm not sure if this is art or a cry for help.
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why can't it be both? 
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